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Barrio rhythm : Mexican American music in Los Angeles

The hit movie La Bamba (based on the life of Richie Valens), the versatile singer Linda Ronstadt, and the popular rock group Los Lobos all have roots in the dynamic music of the Mexican-American community in East Los Angeles. With the recent "Eastside Renaissance" in the area, barrio music has taken on symbolic power throughout the Southwest, yet its story has remained undocumented and virtually untold. In Barrio Rhythm, Steven Loza brings this hidden history to life, demonstrating the music's essential role in the cultural development of East Los Angeles and its influence on mainstream popular culture
Print Book, English, ©1993
University of Illinois Press, Urbana, ©1993
xx, 320 pages : illustrations, portraits, music ; 24 cm.
9780252062889, 9780252019029, 0252062884, 0252019024
Part I: History. 1. Society and music in Mexican Los Angeles. Independence from Spain ; U.S. Annexation ; Mexican transition 1848-1900 ; Early twentieth century Los Angeles ; Growth, industrialization, and the early radio and recording industries ; Repatriation 1931-34 ; Wartime - 2. Barrio rhythm : social development since the postwar period. The postwar years ; The Chicano movement ; The 1980s - 3. A chronicle of musical life : Los Angeles, 1945-90. 1945-50 ; The 1980s ; The nightclub circuit ; The recording industry ; The Eastside sound ; Institutional and media development ; Conclusion ; Appendix: Jazz and fusion musicians - Part II: Ethnography. 4. Profiles of the artists : the war veterans. John Ovalle : selling records on Whittier Boulevard ; Andy Russell : crooner from Boyle Heights ; Eddie Cano : memories of a pianist ; Lalo Guerrero : musician, satirist, and legend - 5. Profiles of the artists : papa's got a brand new bag. Teresa Covarrubias : the wolf and the lamb ; Poncho Sánchez : Conguero ; Irma Rangel : angel warrior ; Los Illegals : punk, politics, and Latin angst ; Los Lobos : just another band from East L.A
Part III: Reflections. 6. Change, conflict, and childhoods. Enculturation ; The formation of style ; Intercultural conflict - 7. Reflections of a homeboy. Wartime